Sharing Smart Knowledge

There's a lot the U.S. and India can learn from each other - if we take the time to teach it.

by Terry Beaubois

Since my last article, I traveled to India for another Smart Villages Conference reflecting the progress made to date in state of Andhra Pradesh, and then I traveled to Texas to visit an EcoSmart Community that has started construction, just east of Austin, Texas.

Often I find people in the U.S. thinking “oh, poor India” because much of the news in the U.S. from there are focused on disasters, floods, train accidents — it’s understandable that we get that impression. My last trip in India was full of reports of hurricanes in Houston, then Florida, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin island and the earthquake in Mexico, so some in India might have been thinking “poor U.S. and Mexico” It is my hope that through common interests in the building smart communities, we can build improved international relations and learn about and teach each other more about our successes in dealing with needed community improvements globally...

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Only By Design

 'Smart Communities Thinking' helps you on multiple levels

by Terry Beaubois

With my background in architecture, NASA, a smart house project, researching small towns in Montana, and now teaching the Smart Villages module in a Smart Communities class at Stanford, I have become fully aware that multidisciplinary knowledge and collaboration are the best way forward in building smart, sustainable communities. I’ve also discovered that green builders can take a leading role.

Looking at communities through a “smart” lens helps us understand the reality of the world around us. In my experience, most people do not want to be in an isolated house, isolated town, or an isolated city. Smart communities need to be connected regionally and globally. It’s what makes them connected and smart. The Internet allows us to do this, but we should have the ability to “opt in” to the aspects of the Internet we want and stay safe and secure from what we do not want...

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An introduction to development of smart communities: homes, towns and villages, and cities.

by Terry Beaubois

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“What do you mean by ‘smart’?”

Identifying and describing what “smart” is—when it applies to a home, village or a city—is important, because the term is thrown around a lot lately.

The way I use “smart” may be more inclusive than how others do. Some people limit “smart” to technology or Internet of Things (IoT) items and issues. For them, that may be appropriate. My definition of “smart” includes IoT, but is not limited to it. As an architect who approaches things using Architectural Design Thinking, I look at the entire ecosystem of the building or project to consider how we can make the built environment “smart.” This includes green, sustainable, resilient, appropriate and other categories that benefit projects seeking to maintain or improve quality for people, all while incorporating advances in technology that contribute to the human health, safety and security in smart communities...

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Cognitive Computing and the Global Building Industry

How AI and IoT are transforming where we live

by Terry Beaubois

Terry with the Architecture School at Andhra University, India

Terry with the Architecture School at Andhra University, India

The building industry is one of the oldest: dating back at least 6,000 years as soon as we started creating settlements and communities. It is also one of the most pervasive with the global construction industry expected to be worth $10.3 trillion by 2020.

My interest in applying cognitive computing to the global building industry began with my consulting work with NASA in the late 1970’s — early 1980’s. The topics at that time included Space Station Design; Artificial Intelligence; Virtual Reality (called Telepresence at the time) and telerobotics; early Mars Rover technology (connecting video camera imagery with computer analyses) and design of a Research Lab module for the U.S. Space Shuttle...

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